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« on: November 04, 2006 07:26:11 PM »

Hi all, I am new to the board and fairly new to knitting. I would like to add a fun and funky ruching detail to a basic scarf. I'd like to use only increases and decreases so it looks something like this:
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1894/631/1600/DSCF0003.jpg

or this:
http://knittygrittythoughts.typepad.com/knitty_gritty_thoughts/trinket_scarf/index.html

But the only instructions I can find on this technique tell me to "add a lot of increases and remove them a few rows later." Can anyone elaborate on this in a way a newbie can understand?! Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2006 07:48:45 PM »

Well, that's basically it.  Basically, you'll want to increase maybe double at least, so like, cast on 20 stitches (or whatever) and work a few rows in stockinette, maybe four rows, then knit in the front and back of every stitch, giving you 40 rows, and work that in stockinette for three more rows (so, it'll be increase row, P row, K row, P row), then K2tog on the next row, work three more rows in stockinette and increase again.
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2006 05:17:28 AM »

another way to do something a little bit similar is to keep the same number of stitches, but swap from (say) 6mm needles to 3mm needles for a row or two. This will pull the yarn in, but it won't quite look the same as if you'd been increasing and decreasing.
also, the parts knitted on the larger needles will be quite loopy, probably.
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knitpurple
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2006 07:04:27 AM »

Thank you lupinbunny and Lothruin ! I'm going to try both of these to see which one works for me.

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